Organisational Design Partner

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 11th December 2022



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£51,813 (National) per annum pro-rata, £55,853 (London) per annum pro-rata (0.5 FTE)

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

FSA - People and Organisational Change - People and Organisational Change/Culture and Development

Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Human Resources

Working pattern


Number of jobs available



Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Cardiff or York), or home based in the UK. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas. Travel across the UK will be required on an occasional basis, possibly with overnight stays.

Job summary

The FSA is a non-ministerial department of over 1300 people. Having left the EU, we play a critical role in protecting public health and consumers’ wider interests in food across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our vision is an important one - to drive change, delivering “food you can trust” and working towards a healthier and more sustainable food system.

The FSA is a small organisation with a big remit. We’re working to keep food safe and ensure that it is what it says it is, while helping to make it healthier and more sustainable. This is a significant undertaking, and our Culture and Development team is always looking at the best ways we can support our colleagues as they carry out their important work.

Job description

We are looking for an Organisational Design Business Partner who can help us shape the future of the FSA through the optimisation of our structure and processes. Working alongside colleagues to support major change programmes, you’ll take on a broad range of responsibilities. From supporting the restructuring of teams and divisions to informing and advising senior leaders, you’ll offer expertise and advice as we seek to make the most of our fantastic people across the organisation.

People sit at the heart of everything the FSA does, and you’ll provide strategic insight and planning in collaboration with partners across the organisation to ensure that everyone is supported in their work, and best positioned to help us deliver our important remit.

This pivotal role will enable you to work alongside senior leaders as you facilitate, challenge and coach them in order to manage complex matters of organisational design. You’ll be a champion of continuous improvement, capable of looking at the big picture and identifying opportunities for positive change.

If you are an excellent communicator and collaborator who is excited by the opportunity to support critical work to keep food safe for consumers across the country, apply today for this fantastic opportunity in a vibrant and progressive organisation.

Person specification

Please read the attached Candidate Pack to discover further details about the role, our organisation, who we are looking for and the criteria we will assess against during the selection process. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you every success.


Organisation Design Qualification or Change Management Qualification


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached Terms and Conditions statement.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Full details of the selection process are detailed in the attached candidate pack.  This will consist of shortlisting against the essential person specification criteria stated. If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to the final selection stage consisting of a behaviours based interview and seen presentation.

In the event of receiving a large number of applications an initial sift may take place on just the identified lead criteria indicated below:

  • Experience of leading Organisation Design projects in a consulting organisation or in an internal consultant role in a complex organisation.

Lead Criteria: In the event we receive a large number of applications, the minimum pass mark for the Lead Criteria may be raised at shortlisting stage. Candidates who apply under the DCS, GPTW or RIS schemes and meet the minimum requirements will be unaffected by the pass mark raise.

The FSA is dedicated to a policy of equal opportunity for all. Being truly reflective of our society and building a culture where everyone can perform at their best is critical to the work of the FSA. We are looking to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and encourage candidates to apply from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer and are committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment and selection process and beyond. All appointments are made on merit.

Please be assured that diversity or socio–economic information requested during the course of your application plays absolutely no part in our selection processes and is not seen by anyone assessing applications.  Any information provided is anonymised and used for statistical purposes only.

We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached terms and conditions statement.

Any move to the Food Standards Agency from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare.

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A reserve list will be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

Sift: 12/12/22 – 21/12/22

Interviews: w/c 9th January 2023

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

Please note that the interview date may be subject to change.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Anna Grove
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Recruitment team :

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Further information

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